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NaNoWriMo is Done. Now What?

Guest post by Nikki Busch National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo, is over. Whether you completed all 50,000 words or made it halfway, be proud! Now that the challenge is done, there’s hard work ahead. Take Your Time The month of November likely flew by, but the time you take to revise your draft […]

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5 Key Ingredients All Young Adult Novels Must Have

The young adult market is unyielding in popularity, at least for the foreseeable future, but this also means it’s a flooded market with content published daily. So the big question right now is how can an author stand out from the crowd? The answer is writing a seriously great YA novel. That may seem like […]

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13 Tips for Writing Better Dialogue

Dialogue is extremely important to a story, and the best writers know how to use this to their advantage. Sure, you can argue there are “no rules for writing,” but by using these tips for writing better dialogue you’ll be encouraged as your scenes feel tighter, your characters grow, and the story captivates. When writing […]

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Self-editing: What are your options?

You’ve finished the first draft of your novel, now it’s time for revisions. We know that you’ll need a professional editor soon, but before that, what can you do on your own? Revisions need to start somewhere, so here are a few options for editing your own work: Take a break – this is important […]

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7 Steps to Take After “Winning” NaNoWriMo

So you’ve completed your 50k words for NaNoWriMo and feel like you will never type again.  Now that you have just written a book (holy cow you just wrote a book!) what’s next? Put it away! Do not look at your book, open it, read it, send it to anyone, etc. Put that thing away […]

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Humility and Empathy: Some Notes on NaNoWriMo – Guest post by Ren M. Brocke

Today I have the honor of hosting guest blogger and writer, Ren M. Brocke. In this guest post Ren addresses the writing challenge many of us are in the midst of this November; NaNoWriMo. If you are interested in guest blogging on any topics related to publishing, writing, goals, and inspiration, (or just something fun!) email […]

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